Catmint (Nepeta × faasenii)

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One of the most fragrant perennials out there, Catmint is sure to provide your yard with long lasting and vibrant blooms all summer long. A hardy and easy plant to grow, it’s an excellent choice as a border plant or in rock gardens. Attracts swarms of butterflies and hummingbirds.

When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint.

See photographs comparing average sizes of some bare roots and potted plants
Product
Catmint 'Blue Wonder' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $5.07 each  |  250 - 999: $4.77 each
A lovely dwarf, mounding, perennial growing 12-18" tall. It features a long blooming mass of trumpet-shaped, dark blue flowers atop oval, intricately-veined, aromatic, gray-green foliage.
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 11/08/2021.Email when available
Catmint 'Walkers Low' {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}
25 - 249: $5.07 each  |  250 - 999: $4.77 each
With striking and long blooming flowers and intricate foliage, Walker's Low Catmint will add trouble-free contrasts to your garden. 24-30" tall.
Temporarily out of stock. Expected 11/08/2021.Email when available

Specifications


General information about Nepeta (Catmint):
If you’re looking for a vibrantly blooming perennial that is long blooming, heat tolerant, resistant to pests and diseases, and easy to grow, then catmint (or Nepeta) is for you!

Catmint makes a stunning display when massed in flower gardens, in rock gardens, as borders and edging, and in containers. A dazzling array of hummingbirds and butterflies flock to the aromatic long blooming flowers, which make excellent cut flowers in floral designs. Often used to cover the bare limbs of rose bushes, providing a pleasing counterpoint to the vivid tones of the roses.

Nepeta explodes with a profuse haze of blooms in late spring and continues with an almost continuous rebloom into fall under optimum growing conditions and proper shearing of spent flower spikes. Resistant to salt and thriving in seaside plantings, the minty, aromatic foliage repels rabbits, voles, and deer.

Catmint prefers average well-drained soil and in full to part sun sun (in northern zones, 6+ hours of sun is best); shade-grown plants are floppy and flower poorly. Keep it well watered the first growing season until the plants become established. Established plants thrive in full sun and exhibit exceptional of dry soils, drought and humidity. Somewhat intolerant of the heat and humidity of the deep South, however, and appreciates some afternoon shade in hot climates.

Catmints thrive best when divided every 3-4 years in early spring. Leave spent foliage in place over winter to help protect the crown, cut back old foliage in late winter rather than in the fall. Prune back plants by one-third to one-half after the initial bloom to stimulate re-bloom. Must be propagated by division, as seeds are sterile.

Don’t bother to fertilize it. Catmint prefers well-drained soil that is not overly fertile. In fact, soil that is too rich may cause the plant to flop over or split in the middle. Should that happen, shear the plant back to tidy it up. Some compost in fall or spring will provide sufficient nutrients to keep the plant happy.

Nepeta racemosa and N. nepetella were first crossed by Dutch nurseryman, J. H. Faasen, in the 1930’s.

Interesting Facts
When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint.

Many people confuse catmint with catnip (Nepeta cataria). While the two are closely related, catnip is more aromatic than catmint but less ornamental.

Catmints are effective at repelling mosquitos!



Care
Don’t bother to fertilize it. Catmint prefers well-drained soil that is not overly fertile. Some compost in fall or spring will provide sufficient nutrients to keep the plant happy.

Catmints thrive best when divided every 3-4 years in early spring. Leave spent foliage in place over winter to help protect the crown, cut back old foliage in late winter rather than in the fall. Prune back plants by one-third to one-half after the initial bloom to stimulate re-bloom. Must be propagated by division, as seeds are sterile.
Deadheading spent flower heads is recommended to promote extended blooming.
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